Calling all Beavers! Or… just everyone in Oregon concerned about saving their state’s namesake. No need to worry about Senators, this year you’re only voting for your Representatives. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project, read our full intro here.
Voting in Oregon
Oregon, you have a closed election, which means that you have to be registered with a political party in order to vote in the primaries. A winner is chosen for each party based on whoever gains the MOST votes, and they won’t need a majority vote in order to run in the general election. Make sure that you’re registered to vote with your party before May 15!
House of Representatives
Find your district here.
Our pick: Suzanne Bonamici – (Campaign Site)
- Incumbent since 2012
- Member, Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, present
- Former Assistant Majority Leader, Oregon State Senate
- Senator, Oregon State Senate, 2008-2011
- Representative, Oregon State House of Representatives, 2006-2008
Suzanne is a hardcore environmentalist. She’s voted down legislation that other Representatives and Senators who support renewable energy have voted for. She’s a strong supporter of the EPA, and is a ranked member on two subcommittees in: Subcommittee on Environment (Science, Space and Technology) and Subcommittee on Research and Technology, both of which are pertinent to sustainable energy. She champions removing costly fossil fuel subsidies and instead, putting that money towards engaging research and cultivating jobs in the renewable energy sector. Since Oregon has a lot of renewable energy potential, this is great news for District 1. She’s a champion for the many endangered species that live in Oregon. We wholeheartedly endorse Suzanne Bonamici as the best sustainable candidate in District 1. With her experience and passion, she’s sure to get (and has gotten) things done in Congress.
Other District 1 Candidates:
- Ricky Barajas (D)
- George Griffith (R)
- Preston Miller (R)
- John Verbeek (R)
- Drew Layda (Libertarian)
- Richard Hofer (Independent)
Our pick: Jim Crary
- Former Live-in Tutor, Rochester Better Chance
- Contract Administrator, British Petroleum Exploration Incorporated, 2012-2013
- Contracts Advisor, British Petroleum Exploration Incorporated, 2010-2011
- Contracts Superintendent, British Petroleum Exploration Incorporated, 2006-2010
- Senior Contracts Engineer, British Petroleum Exploration Incorporated, 1997-2006
- Senior Attorney, Anchorage Telephone Utility, 1992-1997
- Assistant Municipal Attorney, Municipality of Anchorage, 1983-1997
- Teacher, University of North Dakota School of Business and Accounting, 1981-1982
- Specialist 4th, United States Army, 1972-1973
Jim Crary has some interesting background with the British Petroleum company procurement department; however, this hasn’t stopped him from having an aggressive stance on sustainable energy. A believer in climate change (a must), he supports renewable energy production and research, especially when it comes to solar and geothermal power. He has a few things outlined that he deems will be the start of the sustainable energy revolution:
- Renewable energy production and research. Two local examples of what I would like to cite are OIT’s energy self-reliant campus and Lakeview’s use of solar and geothermal power; and
- The purchase of electric/high mpg (i.e. >55 mpg) motor vehicles.
- A carbon tax, cap & trade system or a hybrid of both.
We can’t help but agree that he has a good idea of where to start. In addition, he disapproves of the Jordan Cove Pipeline and the Keystone XL Pipeline, as they “are doubling down on fossil fuel production and use. I also oppose them because they allow private companies to use eminent domain to construct their projects.”
To top off this great plan and solid platform, he supports the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, and would like to (and as the first candidate we’ve researched who has a stance on this AT ALL) cooperate and and have meaningful conversations with all of the Native American tribes that have land in Oregon, so that they can work together in preserving our planet.
Other District 2 Candidates:
- Eric Burnette (D)
- Greg Walden (R)* – (Campaign Site) Incumbent 1998- present
- Randy Pollock (R)
- Paul Romero Jr. (R)
- Michael Byrne (D)
- Raz Mason (D)
- Jamie McLeod-Skinner (D)
- Jennifer Neahring (D)
- Tim White (D)
- Mark Roberts (IP)
- Decker Cleveland (Libertarian)
Our pick: Earl Blumenauer – (Campaign Site)
- Incumbent 1996-present
- Commissioner of Public Works, Portland City Council, 1986-1995
- Candidate, Mayor of Portland, 1992
- Commissioner, Multnomah County Commission, 1978-1986
- Candidate, Portland City Council, 1980
- Representative, Oregon State House of Representatives, District 3, 1973-1978
Earl Blumenauer captured our attention while we were looking at his website and he mentioned the need to protect and the save the pollinators. That’s the sign of a guy who really cares about the environment and wants to see sustainability spread throughout America. As an incumbent, he’s been committed to saving Oregon’s coast from oil drilling, overfishing, and saving precious ecosystems. He’s advocated to end fossil fuel subsidies, and regulating and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This guy is also Co-Chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, and he’s a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition in the House of Representatives. He recently introduced a bill to Congress that would help save the pollinators. We really like what Earl has done with his time in Congress when it comes to sustainable energy and saving the Earth from climate change, and we hope you keep him in the House.
Other District 3 Candidates:
Our pick: Peter DeFazio – (Campaign Site)
- Incumbent 1986- present
- Member, Future of American Media Caucus, present
- Member, Native American Caucus, present
- Member, Pro-Choice Caucus, present
- Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 4, 2018
- Candidate, United States Senate, 1996
Peter DeFazio knows that climate change is affecting our jobs, our planet, and our economy. He’s been working towards introducing legislation in Congress to curb greenhouse gas emissions and to become independent of fossil fuels. Creating an economy based on renewable energy is good for Oregon and good the U.S. He believes that regulation is a stronger tool than incentives, and wants to see the current administration crack down on corporations causing heavy pollution.
Other District 4 Candidates:
- Daniel Arcangel (D)
- Court Boice (R)
- Jo Rae Perkins (R)
- Michael Polen (R)
- Art Robinson (R)
- Stefan Strek (R)
Our pick: Kurt Schrader – (Campaign Site)
- Incumbent 2008-present
- Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 5, 2018
- Senator, Oregon State Senate, 2003-2008
- Representative, Oregon State House of Representatives, 1997-2003
Kurt has a few strong stances on the sustainable energy and environment protection front: He’s an advocate for responsible agriculture and fishing, he wants to protect national forests and lumber while also addressing the issues of forest fires, and agrees that the best way to get renewable energy into the forefront of American life is to invest in it. Kurt knows that it’s important to take the initiative as an individual when it comes to recycling, gardening, and sustainable agriculture practices. But more so, he knows that federal intervention is necessary to propel America out of all the greenhouse gas emissions and huge carbon footprint and into an era of renewable, clean energy that will benefit many generations to come. Kurt is also a member of the Congressional Healthy Forest Caucus. His votings records support his platform, he’s consistently voted in line with EPA standards and keeping renewable energy a current issue in the House.
Other District 5 Candidates: